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With “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first record in five years, proving to be one of the best-reviewed extreme metal releases of the year to date, the UK-based symphonic blackened death metal group HECATE ENTHRONED have unveiled a lyric video for the album track “Erebus and Terror,” which features guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion, Mortiis). 

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While “Embrace…” proves definitively that HECATE ENTHRONED is still as brutal and scornful as ever, the album also shows occasional hints of gothic and ambient influences, and “Erebus and Terror” is a prime example. Says bassist Dylan Hughes, “On an album full of epic tracks, ‘Erebus and Terror’ still stands out as a monster. Massive and powerful, it creeps between eerie dark chills and huge powerhouse sections that utilize the full armory of soaring orchestras and crushing guitars to deliver a skillfully-crafted song. With the incredible vocal talents of Sarah Jezebel Deva, this track is lifted to another level of emotion and feeling, as she delivered a performance that matches the intensity of the music. To have Sarah with us gives our music and writing another dimension – a real organic element that can lift or carry a song through the emotion ranges.” 

Adds vocalist Joe Stamps, “’Erebus and Terrror’ is about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, in which the sailors who were stranded in the Northwest Passage were reported to have begun to cannibalize one another. The lyrics describe a loss of humanity through sickness and desperation and even compares these to lycanthropy – men becoming beasts.” 

“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder), as seen above – is out now on CD, digital and red splatter vinyl. A limited-edition deluxe box set that features exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card, stickers, patches and other collectibles is also available exclusively direct from our webstore

One of the UK underground’s longest-running and most respected acts, HECATE ENTHRONED has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium, Tristania). 

Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, HECATE ENTHRONED is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group’s 1997 full-length debut, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement. Since then, several albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal’s most important voices, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces. 

HECATE ENTHRONED’s next live performance will take place on April 20 at the Veneration Of The Dead festival in Rotterdam, Holland.

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Thoughts Of Ruin Release Seminal Album ‘Reclaim The Throne’ On All Digital Platforms

Thoughts Of Ruin have re-released their seminal album ‘Reclaim The Throne’ ten years after its initial physical release. An album that still more than stands up and one that has set many standards within Irish metal in regards to quality and travelling overseas to gain an advantage in regards to recording. While the divide is not so noticeable now with many top studios in Ireland. Back then, going to a big studio was a step into the beyond for any band not signed to a major label.
I like to think of them as the Irish version of Fear Factory. They set the standards, but never got the credit they deserved…

We spoke to all members about that time in their lives and their thoughts now in 20/20 hindsight.

They released this statement on the re-release of ‘Reclaim The Throne’.

In the most non cliché way possible, Thoughts of Ruin are absolutely delighted to bring the landmark album “Reclaim the Throne” to all digital steaming and download platforms for the first time.

The re-release of this album has been a long time coming and a series of random events brought the band back together to make the digital release happen.

An album that was described, on release, as one that “changed the way Irish bands present themselves” needed to be given the platform that it’s mark on the industry deserved. Seeing the album being described by journalists as “An album ahead of its time” meant we needed to put it out for a whole new generation to hear.

We have to thank the people who have never stopped asking for one more show, one more song or one more anything. It has been a long time coming, and it will never stop blowing our minds that the support never stopped.

This is for all of you.

Lock up your mothers, Thoughts of Ruin is ready to Reclaim the Throne.



Band interview

Dave (guitar)

Q:1 What are my memories of that time:

D: It was just a fun , simpler and fairly naive time . It was just five friends who had the chance to record at a professional studio in the south of France so we just went with it .i remember it being a very creative time as we all were coming in with ideas for it right until the last moment and the album came together fairly easily . It did feel like more of a holiday than hard work as we got it all tracked early and had sone time off at the end . I’ve nothing but fond memories of the whole thing 

Q:2 what would I have done differently:

D: Besides leaving the band ?(laughs) it was a much different time back then and marketing your band yourself is a lot easier to do (especially online) these days , if we knew more about that back then who knows how far the album could have gone . 

Q:3 how do I feel about the album: 

D: I’m still very proud of it and think a lot of it still holds up .is cool that people still talk about it 10 years on . Our influences were fairly obvious but we wanted to play songs that were fun to play and that people would easily start a pit to which usually happened when we started gigging the album . Songs like nothing is sacred , god complex and the despised still hit hard and I would like to have seen what direction the next album would have gone 

Q:4 what advice would I give to a band starting out?

D: Just to make sure that you love what you do before anything else ,otherwise it’s pretty pointless especially the way things are now . 

Martin (bass) answers

Q:1 What are my memories of that time:

M: I had hair then,I feel weird thinking about that now . We played quite a lot of gigs and as I was thinking back it’s like little flashbacks of onstage in a moment , feeling awesome 

Q:2 what would I have done differently: 

M:I would have bought a lighter bass amp , Fact.No regrets ,I really enjoyed our time together 

Q:3 how do I feel about the album: 

M: I think the stronger songs still hold a lot of weight and are still very listenable . I like maxing out my deadlift to “nothing is sacred” gets the blood up every time 

Q:4 what advice would I give to younger bands starting out:

M: Just to believe in themselves and that hard work pays off 

Brendan (Vocals)

Q1: What are your memories of that time?

B: I remember I was a bit of a dickhead. Haha. Nah it was a time of very much finding our identity as a band, as a “scene” and as people. I remember it was balancing a very pure love of metal, and music in general, while trying to get the hang of the business side of things. A lot of the lessons I learned myself during that time, I still pass on to singers I manage to this day. Every song should have its own identity, they should all mean something, each song should be a little bit of yourself or an insight into your mind and make every performance count. Whether it was 2 people or 2000 people, we went full on every time. Every single show, we wanted to make new fans. From a personal stand point, it made me the person I am today. Being onstage allowed me to be the “me” I had always aspired to be and that, eventually, filtered into me offstage to overcome a crippling lack of confidence to live the epic adventure of a life I ended up with. No doubt, I miss standing on the stage, splitting the crowd in two during “Bioburden’ and watching the chaos unfold in front of us.

Q2: What would you have done differently?

B:A lot!
In a lot of ways we held back on fully going for it when, in hindsight, we had something special going on. We took the big risk of going to France to do the album, it worked and yet we held back on so much more. We should have taken the risk to tour overseas, we should have made music videos, we should have done a lot. We should have gone all in. As we were still finding ourselves as people, the in fighting was common but, looking back, it was all because we were super idealistic and passionate people who really wanted it all to work but did not have any real idea how to make it happen. All the lads are lovely cunts. I would also have loved to finish the second album we had been working on. It all fell apart trying to make it happen but the songs we wrote for that album were very VERY strong. Someday, I would still love to complete the “Lullabies for the Fallen”, which was it’s working title. We played 2 or 3 of the songs at shows near the end. If I knew all I do now, I think we would have had a legit chance of making it.

Q3: How do you feel about the album?

B: Obviously, I am super proud of it, because it was a landmark for us as a band. The songs themselves have aged very well and I probably have more appreciation for them now than I even did back then. Each song has its own identity, it is a surprisingly varied album considering our limited experience and still developing musical abilities. Also the lyrical content of the songs are as relevant now as they were back then. 11 years on, Nothing is Sacred is still one of my favourite songs from all I have written since then. From a production stand point, after going on to produce other music, I can hear all the errors in timing that should have been corrected in mixing, I remember the effects we had said we wanted added but were never put and some questionable mastering but that gives it some extra charm and personality which gets a bit lost in more modern super sterile production. It was an album ahead of it’s time for the Irish industry. It was at a time when the old guard still controlled the majority of the scene and we were never fully accepted by them. Meanwhile the younger bands were being inspired by us but were still a few years off making it happen themselves. There is no denying the influence it had on the industry as finally bands started going for higher production quality and a more accessible or “mainstream” sound. I am interested to see what people will think when it is released again now.

Q4: What advice would you give to young bands starting off?

B: Same advice I give to anybody getting into the industry anywhere in the world. Never ever, fucking EVER, give up who you really are. To leave the idealism aside for a minute, you will be surrounded by sharks in this business, so use who you are as the foundation to keep sane and keep moving forward.
One more thing is, know your true value and do not let people try to lower your value because the entertainment industry is filled with those predators who will do exactly that. It is NOT being a dick to expect to get paid for a show. You put your heart, sweat and tears into this craft, you deserve to be paid for it. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are full of shit.
Collaborate, work with other like minded people, network, network plus network some more and take the smart risks to make your dreams happen.

Niall (Drums)

Q1. Memories of that time

N: “The recording process was a lot of work for all involved, but we had a great time. It was like a working holiday (in Saint-Aygulf, Fréjus, France) and we were open to trying new ideas with the songs if it meant improving them. We had booked ten days, but we finished early and got to enjoy Nice and Monaco. Once back in Ireland we gigged as much as we could and focused on improving our live shows. We had a great time and got to meet lots of new people, it was a great time.”

Q2. What would you have done differently?

N: “Things are much different now. These days its much easier to promote yourself online, however the market is also much more saturated, so it’s a difficult one to answer. If we had the finances back then, some international touring would certainly have been nice. Learning to grow together as both individuals and as a band can be difficult, especially as it starts to become a business (in a way, that’s what it is/becomes) and is something I would have approached and handled differently.”

Q3. How do you feel about the album?

N:”Overall, I’m proud of what we did. We made music that we enjoyed writing and performing. Back then, studios in Ireland weren’t that great when it came to recording heavy music, which was why we went to France and to this day I’m happy with how it turned it. I’m also delighted to see that the situation has drastically improved in Ireland since, with many great studios and producers now offering fantastic services. We invested heavily in the audio production and in the accompanying artwork and were proud of what we managed to pull off. People enjoyed it then and it’s nice to see people enjoy it now.”

Q4. Advice to young bands starting off

N: “This may be controversial, but I personally believe that LPs/albums are dead these days and that bands are best to focus on releasing their best work as singles with videos, while also focusing on brand awareness and merch sales. The public’s attention span has shortened and while I personally love albums, especially when you find those one or two hidden gems that would never have been released as a single, I think you’re best to instead release such tracks as online bonuses and focus on crafting your strongest songs as singles. Once the buzz of an album dies down, it’s often hard to keep people interested in you until your next big release. Instead, why not released a single (with video) every month/bi-monthly/ quarterly or so? There’s still lots of alternatives here and it’s worth exploring.

Self-produce and be critical without taking criticism personally. Record demos yourselves; music pro‐ duction equipment is so cheap these days. Program drums if you have to, use amp-sims, there’s lots of tools already out there to help you eg. Reaper, EZDrum‐ mer, GetGoodDrums (GGD), EZmix, Bias-FX etc. Just get the ideas down and solidify them together as a group and be prepared to cut whatever is not working.

Another important aspect is to focus on your live show; can you go the extra mile and put on a great show? Whether it’s stage presence, your stage show (lights, backing tracks, whatever), will your audience have something positive to remember? I’ve seen many bands over the years, but witnessing Strapping Young Lad live is right up there for very good reasons.”

Colin (Guitar/Vocals)

Q1. Memories of that time

C: When I look back on this period I remember it been super exciting. I was a sponge soaking it all up. We were all in over our heads but rose to the occasion. Looking back it was incredibly formative and the reason I’m still a musician today.

Q2. What would you have done differently?

C: I really have to regrets. We did the best we could with the experience we had. If I were to nitpick, I would say we could have promoted the album better but we were young and niaeve.

Q3. How do you feel about the album?

C: Over the years I’ve had mixed feelings. Of course when we completed it I was immensely proud and felt we had achieved something great. A few years later, whilst feeling regretful things didn’t succeed in the way we had hoped. I looked on it all with resentment.
Now I listen and hear an album that is still relevant and holds itself sonically.
I am still immensely proud!

Q4. Advice to young bands starting off

C: Be creative, take chances, Don’t follow trends and gig, gig, gig! There are no shortcuts.
All you have is your heart and your will. Steel them, work hard and you will get what you want!

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Novacastrian Hardcore outfit Liberties are today announcing the release of their Broken EP on April 5, along with the drop of their new single and videoclip ‘Crooked States’! The new EP is available to Pre-Order now at and single Crooked States is available now for sale and streaming on all good digital stores and streaming outlets.

Guitarist, Amy McIntosh, (who pull double duties on Guitar for The Beautiful Monument), said that this new EP, Broken, “…can be summed up with the word frustration. ‘Broken’ touches on topics ranging from personal tragedies, mental and physical fatigue all the way through to the current political climate both at home and abroad.”
Vocalist Ciaran Colgan, says that the new single Crooked States “…is about our society – how the average person in told one thing while those in power are doing something completely opposite. I wanted to write something that shows what we have witnessed as a world economy over the last odd decade and ask the question, it this really what we are happy to let continue?

The Newcastle-based crew started their music career in 2016 with what they self-describe as a “crappy demo”, which they quickly followed up by playing more shows than anyone could possibly poke a stick at. That overzealous/enthusiastic energy paid off, in that they quickly got a name for ourselves as a chaotic, high energy live act. That inspired them to put out their Day to Day 3 track release in late 2016, which resulted in spins on triple j’s Short Fast Loud. Late 2017 saw them Release single “Til Its Over” and then go into hibernation through 2018 to write and record the Broken EP. 

In that short 2016-2018 time period, Liberties have shared the stage with with a laundry list of both prominent Australian Acts such as The Beautiful MonumentAwaken I AmBelle HavenFar Away StablesSatellites, as well as international acts such as Cute is What We Aim ForSecretsSlaves’68 and Miss Fortune

Artist: Liberties
Single Title: Crooked States
Single Release Date: Friday February 15
EP Title: Broken
EP Release Date: Friday April 5
Genre: Hardcore
Hometown: Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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Paranoid Beast Promotions Release ‘The new Wave of Irish Heavy Metal’ Double Compilation

The compilation features over 30 of the finest Underground Irish Metal acts and is split into two volumes.  Vol I: Birth of the Beast features Death, Prog, Sludge, Post Metal and more while Vol II: Evil Eye of Doom, as the name suggests, features the best Stoner and Doom Metal Ireland has to offer.

Vol I: Birth of the Beast

God Alone – Dordán

Raum Kingdom – Walk With Reality

Yurt – Unknown Component

Parthlón – Hunt

Aponym – Erebum & Terror

Molarbear – Storklord

Grey Stag – Those of Stone

Senzar – Mirror of Demiurge

Zhi Ren – Ghosts of Impermanence

zhOra – Ruthless Bastards

Bailer – Tuesday BluesBisect – You Serve Yourself

Okus – Slave (Amebix Cover)

Damagegrows – DefectThe

Magnapinna – Surfs Up Baby

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Vol II: Evil Eye of Doom

Elder Druid – Rogue Mystic

Slomatics – Electric Breath

Astralnaut – Dethroned

Ten Ton Slug – Siege

Iona Death Cult – Whores and Thieves

Coroza – Iosis

Soothsayer – Cephalopod

Graveyard Dirt – A Poisoned Seed

The Crawling – A Time For Broken Things

Weed Priest – Witches Curse

Stonecarver – Cerebus Sleeps

Slung From a Tree – Voyage into Cosmos

Venus Sleeps – Dawn of Nova

Brigantia – Fooled by the Devil (Live at the Well Bar)

Tooms – Gaia’s Tomb

Ruairi O’ Baoighill – A Scheduled Madness

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“The New Wave of Irish Heavy Metal double compilation was compiled and arranged by The Paranoid Beast in order to support and grow the burgeoning metal scene of our homeland. We have an abundance of talent in Ireland at the moment and it is our aim, through various mediums, to raise the profile of metal in Ireland and overseas. The release is free or pay as you wish. We sincerely appreciate all donations and ensure all proceeds will go towards financing future vinyl releases for some of the scenes best. If money is tight, that’s ok too. Download the album for free, share it and enjoy the best original sounds of the Irish Metal Underground.”

Upcoming Paranoid Beast Shows
April 19th – Dead Witches / Wolf Council / Elder Druid / Soothsayer

August 3rd – Monolith Festival

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THE OMNIFIC Release Single ‘THE STOIC’ Ahead Of Australian Tour With COG & OSAKA PUNCH

Atmospheric, complex and unique dual bass guitar outfit The Omnific are about to embark on a massive Australian-wide tour alongside progressive monsters COG – and today, they are releasing their new single ‘The Stoic’, out now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and all digital stores and streaming outlets. 

Matthew Fackrell, one half of the bass-guitar element of the band, said that “We’re all incredibly excited to be touring with Aussie Prog-Legends COG this February. To be supporting the band we are influenced by is a real dream come true.

Late in 2018, The Omnific released the single ‘Erin’, which received a playlist add to the international Spotify playlist ‘Instrumental Madness’, Radio play on triple j, rotation on The Faction and love from massive international media outlets such as Everything is Noise and Louder Sound/Prog. 

Fackrell said that ” ‘The Stoic’ varies in themes through-out the whole piece, starting with ambient, dark and heavy bass and drums, then building up to fast paced heavy riffs and back to ambient chordal sections. The song was initially a short video uploaded to Facebook of Matt & Toby playing the intro on one bass guitar which gained positive attention, inspiring the track to be completed.” 

Written by The Omnific, the new single ‘The Stoic’ was Produced by Forrester Savell & The Omnific, Bass guitars were engineered by Toby Peterson-Stewart, the Drums were engineered by Forrester Savell and Luke Palmer and the track Mastered by Forrester Savell, with Additional Programming by Jamie Marinos, Forrester Savell & Josh Saunders.

TheOmnific is a progressive instrumental band from Melbourne, Australia featuring two bass players and a drummer. Two EPs and a handful of singles deep, the band has attracted immense interest from all corners of the globe. 

The young trio has established working relationships with reputable companies Darkglass Electronics, Neural DSP and Ernie Ball Music Man, seeing them represent the brands with performances at the Melbourne Guitar Show, bringing attention among the ‘Gear-Nerd’ community. Coupled with their online playthrough, gear demo and music videos, the band’s reach is far beyond what many would expect from this impressive Melbourne trio, so early in their career.

The Omnific’s single ‘The Stoic’ is out now on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. Tickets are on sale now for COG’s Drawn Together tour (with Osaka Punch and The Omnific) at Oztix. For more information about The Omnific, go to


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Evil Scarecrow Interview

Evil Scarecrow Interview

Alan: Welcome back to Dublin. It’s been a few years. It’s great to have you back. So… Antartarctica.
Dr. Hell: Well pronounced! Well Done!

Alan: Yes, thank you for making the process of proof-reading and the autocorrect of the album review such a headache.
Dr. Hell: It’s the entire reason we did that actually. Just to wind you up personally. Actually, I’ve started not understanding the word Antarctica now. When it’s on the news, I’m like “what’s that?”

Alan: What’s the background story to the song and album title?
Dr. Hell: I think it goes a little bit back to ‘Robototron’. When we were doing those lyrics, we needed an extra syllable in there to make it work. And my subconscious brain wrote that song. I dreamt that I was in Rock City [Nottingham venue], there was a whole crowd singing back to me, but it was my subconscious brain made it sing… It used to be “Little brother pain, why did you got to Antaaa–aaarctica”. You see, it wouldn’t have worked.
Br. Pain: That’s why. Purely for logistical reasons.

Alan: So the misspelling and mispronunciation of “Arctic” and “Antarctic” are quite common, so as a little ice-breaker, I have a game for you. These cards have commonly mispronounced or misspelled words and phrases on them. I want you to take turns picking one, and tell me whether it’s correct or incorrect and what it should be. Brother Pain first…
Br. Pain: So that says “wreck havoc”, but I think it should be “wreak”.

Alan: That’s a point for Brother Pain. Dr. Hell?
Dr. Hell: Ok… “One Fowl Swoop”. That is incorrect because the fowl is a bird. It should be f-o-u-l.
Br. Pain: No. Loses a point. It should be “one fell swoop”.

Alan: Brother Pain steals a point.
Br. Pain: “Motherload”. Oh, I think that’s correct.
Dr. Hell: I think it should be two words.

Alan: Oh, you’re both wrong. It should be spelled “mother lode”. It comes from minerals and mining.
Dr. Hell: I would never have gotten that. Maybe that’s just the Irish spelling, and you’re wrong. I’m next… “With baited breath”. Wait with baited breath. I’m going to say it’s right.
Br. Pain: I agree.

Alan: Nope. It should be spelled “bated”, as in abate. I’ve lost track of the score here.
Br. Pain: “A mute point”. I know that one. That should be a moot point.
Dr. Hell: Ah, I’d have gotten that one. Scumbag. “I could care less”. Well that’s a really annoying one, isn’t it? Because that should really be “I couldn’t care less”.
Br. Pain: “For all intensive purposes” should be “for all intents and purposes”.
Dr. Hell: Maybe they’re all wrong. That’s the trick. “Piece of Mind”, an album by Iron Maiden, so that’s fine. But the piece is spelled incorrectly. It should be p-e-a-c-e.
Br. Pain: Yes. Bruce Dickinson is an idiot. “Tow the line” – I think it should be t-o-e, and line should be “the pig” and line should be camel. So it should be “toe the camel pig”.

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Alan: Well, you actually are correct with the spelling of toe. So half a point there.
Dr. Hell: “Bare with me”. I’m going to keep that as it is because it’s ruder. It should be b-e-a-r, as in a grizzly bear. It literally means I have a bear with me.

Alan: Well done. Now you can get some bonus points for identifying the metal album or song titles that have promoted these misspellings?
Dr. Hell: Oh, ‘Piece of Mind’ is an album by Iron Maiden.
Br. Pain: ‘Motherload’ is a song by Led Zeppelin, no, Mastodon.
Dr. Hell: ‘I could care less’ by…
Br. Pain: Screwdriver. Devildriver.

Alan: Well done. I think that was a draw. Ok… Let’s get on with the interview finally. Your recent music video for ‘Red Riding Hood’. Is that a nod to Rik Mayall?
Dr. Hell: You know what? I’ll take that. Bottom? It was a little bit like the end credits. I couldn’t help doing a little bit of Eddie Hitler’s pointy fingers stuff. It just came out of me.

Alan: Was that intentional or subconscious?
Dr. Hell: Partly conscious. My Eddie Hitler dancing was entirely accidental. Until I saw it back, and I went, “that’s a bit Eddie Hitler, that is”.
Br. Pain: I think for me, and the rest of the band, we didn’t really know what was going on. We just got put in front of a green screen, and were told to do some sexy dancing, and we didn’t really know how it was going to end up. We did a lot of stuff where we were doing stuff with our faces, and because it ended up being a silhouette, it was a waste of time.
Dr. Hell: The funniest one was Princess because she wore that massive marshmallow dress and once that was silhouetted, you couldn’t see anything. She just looked like a mushroom.
Br. Pain: She sort of bent over and showed her bum, but she just looked a big floppy thing.

Alan: So other than Bottom, what other 1980’s or 90’s TV comedy shows did you enjoy?
Dr. Hell: Oh man. Red Dwarf? Was that in the Eighties? I did love a bit of Red Dwarf.
Alan: Yes… Referenced in your song ‘Space Dementia’?
Dr. Hell: Yes. Man I feel like I should have revised our own stuff here. What else? Monty Python was always good. Just make one up.
Br. Pain: Police Academy series.
Dr. Hell: Keeping up Appearances! Or that really awful thing that used be on a Sunday night… Last of the Summer Wine. Yeah that was brilliant. So funny. A man in a trolley. Nora Batty, she can keep her tights up – slut!

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Alan: On the topic of new videos, ‘Polterghost’ looked like great fun to record?
Dr. Hell: Yeah, that was great. We originally wanted Yvette Fielding to be in that because it was kinda a stab at “Most Haunted”.

Alan: So who are the actors?
Dr. Hell: Sarah Lewis. She’s in a Malteasers commercial if you want to check her out. And Angus.
Br. Pain: I only met them for the first time last weekend. We played in London and they were there.

Alan: So you weren’t there for the actual shooting?
Dr. Hell: I was, because I did it all. The rest of the band are too lazy.
Br. Pain: We just turned up for the bits we were in. We didn’t even ask what it’s about.
Dr. Hell: You did the bit in the cave. You must have met her in the cave. Oh no, yeah, we shot that separately. See? Trade secrets there. It looks like she’s in the cave, but she’s not!

Alan: As we speak, the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise is under way off the East coast of the United States. Megadeth have their Megacruise on the horizon. Have Evil Scarecrow been invited to any cruises?

Dr. Hell: I don’t think they’ll put us on a boat. It’s the scuttling!
Br. Pain: We did play on a boat. The Thekla in Bristol. It’s a boat. We did the scuttling, and the boat literally rocked.
Dr. Hell: It’s moored though, isn’t it? So there wasn’t too much danger. But they did run down and try to stop the show. So yeah, I’m not sure.
Br. Pain: With all the scuttling, we might sink it. It’d be like the Costa Concordia all over again.

Alan: Well if you were to have your own Evil Scarecrow cruise, what would it be like?
Br. Pain: Oh, it’d be a sex drug cruise.
Dr. Hell: Yeah, a sex drug cruise, but somewhere really miserable like the North Sea. We’d go from Hull, and then just go back to Hull, because that’s the most disappointing. A five hour thing. Straight out into the middle of the North Sea and then straight back to Hull.
Br. Pain: Yeah, and there’s be loads of shit comedians like Jim Davidson, Jethro, Roy Chubby Brown.
Dr. Hell: Oh I know, we’d get Rolf Harris. And we’d make sure it’s a really old boat that hasn’t been done up for ages with sticky carpets and just a couple of bandits in there. That’d be really great. Unclean toilets, really bad 70’s catering like vol-au-vents, triangle shaped sandwiches, quiches.
Br. Pain: Have you seen that documentary on Netflix about the Fyre Festival? It’s about this festival that went totally tits up, so it should be like that.

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Alan: Ok, I’ll watch out for your cruise on Netflix the year after then.
Dr. Hell: What are we going to call our cruise? “The disappointing cruise of the Hull to Hull North Sea Fest”.
Br. Pain: The Hull to Hull Snooze Cruise.

Alan: Sign me up! Moving on, Steel Panther are coming this week, so it’s a week of comedy Metal in Dublin. Who is your favourite parody metal band?
Br. Pain: Probably Steel Panther. I love them. Satchel’s an amazing guitarist. Good songs. He’s got pretty hair.
Dr. Hell: I’ve got a lot of love for my brothers in Lawnmower Deth. They are a special group of very farty incontinent men.
Alan: What about your favourite parody metal song?
Dr. Hell: ‘Egg Sandwich’ by Lawnmower Deth.
Br. Pain: ‘Master of Puppets’ by Iron Maiden!
Dr. Hell: The thing is though… I’m not entirely sure, but I think there are loads of bands out there that aren’t taking themselves massively seriously, but you just don’t really know. We wear our hearts on our sleeves, but I listen to some other bands’ music and scratch my head and wonder whether that’s actually genuine. Are Manowar really a serious band? Are Cradle of Filth genuinely serious? It’s too ill-defined a genre for us to answer the question.
Br. Pain: It’s all parody really.

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Alan: So 2019 sees a much anticipated return to Bloodstock for the Crow. How can you top your last performance?
Dr. Hell: We can’t. We expect it to be slightly worse.
Br. Pain: Are we headlining it?
Dr. Hell: Yeah, we’re headlining the main stage.
Alan: They haven’t announced the final headliner yet.
Dr. Hell: That’s because it’s us, and they’re really terrified of doing it because of the backlash.

Alan: What’s your favourite Bloodstock moment, obviously aside from actually playing on the mainstage yourselves?
Dr. Hell: Oh man, that’s really hard, I loved Ghost, the headline show a few years ago. Twisted Sister as well was amazing. And Gojira last year. There’s just too many. I always end up crying at that festival. It’s a great place. If I had to do a top three, it’d probably be Ghost, Gojira, Oh… Emperor. It’s always amazing.

Alan: So, Pledge music. I was going to ask you about your Pledge campaign, and then I saw the video you released a few days ago, and saw that you already announced that you’re pulling the campaign. I’m also aware that you hadn’t quite reached your goal yet. So are you still going to go ahead with making vinyls?
Dr. Hell: We’re going to do something. We just need to work out exactly where we got to with the pledge. How many people wanted the vinyl? So we’ve got all of that data, and now we’re just trying to find a different way of producing it and selling it. We’re 80% sure we’ll make some vinyl and we’ll sell it somehow. We’re just not entirely sure how to do it yet. But we had to do the right thing. We were getting pledges in every day, and I was getting a bit nervous, because they don’t take any money from the pledgers until we hit our target. And I thought, what if that happens? What if we hit the target and all that money gets taken from our fans and then there’s issues and the entire platform falls over. So we had to protect our fans from that.

Alan: And protect yourselves as well?
Dr. Hell: Well it’d be ok in one respect. We would always fulfill the stuff for our fans but we just wanted to protect them from anything that we couldn’t financially help to dig them out of. We also planned digipacks as well. We’ve even paid for some of that. We’ve got a little “choose your own adventure” thing written for the digipack. That’s done and ready to rock. It was a fairly ambitious target for us. To get all of this stuff done is thousands of pounds to get to the minimum break point. But it’s all good. We’ll do something. I really want some vinyl, so I might just make myself one just so I can show my mum. Look mum, it’s an actual record. She understands records. She doesn’t understand Spotify.

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Alan: You mentioned “choose your own adventure”. Have you seen Bandersnatch yet?
Br. Pain: Oh I started watching that in the van on the way here, and I chose Sugar Puffs, but that’s as far as I got.

Alan: Could Evil Scarecrow do something like “choose your own song”, where a listener would get to choose whether to hear a drum solo or a guitar solo next, for example?
Br. Pain: In the old band we were in, called Thor’s Children… Well, it was mostly him [Dr. Hell]. The album was called Thorskin! It had a few games on it, didn’t it?
Dr. Hell: Yeah, it had a multimedia section. It was an audio and CD-ROM. It was amazing. You could shoot some crows, you could arm-wrestle a giant, answer some riddles.
Br. Pain: Ride on Odin’s eight-legged steed.
Dr. Hell: We did a nod to the old ZX Spectrum game Chequered Flag. And there was something else on there. Oh – Karaoke sing-along Sea Quest DSV. So we’ve already been there, done that. Like fifteen years ago.

Alan: But could you let the fans choose how the music itself should sound, interactively?
Dr. Hell: We could do it live, couldn’t we? We get to the end of the song and then they get to choose the journey, the next song.
Br. Pain: They could tweet the notes I should play on the guitar and see what happens.

Alan: Ozzy cancelled the European leg of his tour last week due to ill-health, leaving his Dublin fans disappointed yet again. This was his “No More Tours 2” tour. He wrapped things up with Black Sabbath a couple of years ago. When the time comes, how many farewell tours would Evil Scarecrow have?
Dr. Hell: It think we’d milk it for as long as we possibly could. 666.
Br. Pain: No, I think we’d be just like “Oh we’ve stopped now. Sorry, that last tour was the last one, but we didn’t mention it”.
Dr. Hell: We’ll do the “You should have come to the other tours” tour. We’ll just turn up, not play any music and just look at them condescendingly. We’d show them some pictures, but no music. And then the only way they could see us is to come on that horrible boat trip.

Alan: One final rapid fire question: Describe Brexit using only Evil Scarecrow lyrics.
Br. Pain: Too complex for the Human Mind?
Dr. Hell: Morbid Witch.

Alan: Ok, we’ll wrap it up there. You’ll notice I didn’t even ask you when you’re next album is coming out.
Dr. Hell: Ah fuck that. That’s it, we’re done.
Br. Pain: The “You should have bought the last album” album?
Dr. Hell: We are thinking about not doing any more albums and just releasing tracks. When I was talking to our record producer last, we were saying “Do people still want albums? Do they still desire the physical thing?”. I do. It’s a tough one. Because you don’t sell loads. And you don’t even have to sell loads to chart. We got to number 2 on the Amazon rock and metal charts. Crappy old us! It shows how few albums you need to sell to get to that kind of position. We even got in the UK top 100 charts. Maybe number seventy-something. So apparently you can chart quite easily. It shows that maybe there isn’t a massive desire any more, because back in the day you’d have to sell thousands and thousands to get anywhere near the top 100 albums.
Alan: Thanks for taking the time to chat.
Dr. Hell: Thank you very much!

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